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Types of Aid

Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will determine an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) that will be used to award eligible students federal grants, state grants, direct loans, and federal work-study. You must be accepted into a financial aid eligible program to receive these types of aid.

Grants

Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is awarded to students with exceptional financial need who have NOT earned a bachelor's or graduate degree. The Federal Pell Grant is used to provide the "base" for student's financial aid package. The maximum amount varies from year to year depending on published Department of Education payment schedules. Federal Pell Grants do not have to be repaid.

The amount of this grant is determined by the student’s EFC and enrollment status on the Date of Record:

12 credits & above (full time): 100% of award
9-11 credits (three-quarter time):  75% of award
6-8 credits (half-time): 50% of award
Under 6 credits (half-time): 25% of award

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

FSEOG is available to students who have a zero to 1,000 EFC. Students must also be enrolled at least half time (6 credits) to be eligible for this grant. These funds are limited and students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible.

Wisconsin Grant

Wisconsin Grant is available to students who are Wisconsin residents and enrolled at least half time (6 credits). This grant is based on financial need. Eligibility cannot exceed ten semesters. These funds are limited and students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible.

Minority Retention Grant Program

Minority Retention Grant Program is available to minority students who are Wisconsin residents in the second year of a two-year program, maintaining a 2.0 grade point average, and have financial need as determined by the FAFSA. Students must be enrolled at least half-time (6 credits). Eligibility cannot exceed eight semesters. Minority status is determined by the data on our system. These funds are limited and students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible.

Talent Incentive Program (TIP)

Talent Incentive Program (TIP) is designed for first-time students who are economically and/or academically disadvantaged. Students who feel they may qualify for this additional funding may contact the Eau Claire Department of Public Instruction at 715-836-3171 for further information. This grant is based on financial need. Students must be enrolled at least half-time (6 credits). Eligibility cannot exceed ten semesters. These funds are limited and students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible.

Wisconsin Hearing & Visually Handicapped Student Grant

Wisconsin Hearing & Visually Handicapped Student Grant is available to Wisconsin residents who are hearing or visually impaired and who also demonstrate financial need. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits. Eligibility cannot exceed ten semesters. 

Wisconsin Indian Grant (WIG)

Wisconsin Indian Grants (WIG) is available to Wisconsin residents who are at least 25% Native American (certification for degree of Indian blood required). Awards are based on financial need. Students must be enrolled at least half-time (6 credits). Eligibility cannot exceed ten semesters. These funds are limited and students are encouraged to apply early.

Students interested in receiving Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) funding must complete a separate Indian Scholarship Application which is obtained from their tribal education office for the purpose of certifying the student's degree of Indian blood.

It is a student’s responsibility to notify Financial Aid Resources and Planning Services to be nominated for WIG if not receiving BIA.

Loans

Western offers several types of student loans to help you finance your education. The following information highlights the different student loan programs available and the eligibility requirements for each. While student loans are an excellent option to help you meet your educational goals, loans are borrowed money that must be repaid, with interest. Interest rates vary from different loan programs and times; it is in your best interest to only borrow what you need in student loans.

Direct Loan Program

Western participates in the Direct Loan Program. This means that eligible students and parents will borrow directly from the U.S. Department of Education, instead of a bank or credit union. All NEW student loan borrowers will need to complete the Master Promissory Note (MPN) AND Entrance Counseling. Students must be taking at least six (6) credits in order to receive direct student loans.

Learn More about the Direct Loan Program

Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan

Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan are federally guaranteed loans that parents may obtain to help pay for the cost of education for their dependent child, the student. Certain credit conditions apply, and a credit check is required.

Learn more about Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan

Exit Counseling

Exit Counseling is required for any students who have received student loans at Western, and have dropped below half time (6 credits), or have completed a program (graduated).

Learn more about Exit Counseling

Private Loan Information and Application Process

Some students find they need additional funds beyond their grant and Direct Loan eligibility to meet their expenses while attending college.

Learn more about Private Loans

Federal Work-Study (FWS)

Federal work-study (FWS) is a job program for a student with financial need to help pay for educational expenses. FWS is awarded to student’s based on their financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). On-campus positions are available, as well as off-campus community service positions. In order to participate in work-study, students must be taking at least six (6) credits in the fall and spring trimesters. Students can work up to 12 hours per week during the fall and spring semester at a pay rate of $10 per hour. Summer work-study is also available, with the option to work up to 25 hours per week, depending on the students’ summer credit load. Those eligible for FWS can earn up to the amount listed on MyFinAid or until Western’s total FWS allocation is exhausted. FWS payment is on a semi-monthly basis (around the 10th and 26th each month), based on the number of hours worked. FWS money is earned and paid directly to the student and is not put towards the Western account balance. These funds are limited, and students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible.

Scholarships

More than 300 scholarships are available to Western students. Some are income based, while others are program or career specific.

Find out more information about scholarships.

VA Education Benefits

Learn more about federal and state benefits for veterans, dependents, and service members from Western's Veteran Military Center.

Emergency Funding

If you experience an unexpected financial hardship, Emergency Funding is available for students who qualify. Covered expenses may include dependent care, gas, background checks, limited tuition, medical expenses, utilities, vehicle repairs, food and housing. Expenses such as books, legal fees, tobacco, alcohol and entertainment expenses are not covered. To apply for emergency funding, complete the online application.

AmeriCorps

Students who have successfully completed the AmeriCorps term of service and have enrolled in the National Service Trust, are eligible to receive the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. The education award can be used to pay current educational expenses at eligible institutions of higher education and GI-Bill approved educational programs, to repay qualified student loans, or for both purposes. Members can access the entire award or part of it until the total amount has been used or the award expires. A member has up to seven years after his or her term of service has ended to claim the award. When students use their education awards as a resource, it may reduce their eligibility for campus-based aid. Financial aid offices must consider the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award as a resource, or funds that the student has available to use to pay toward their cost of attendance.

For more information visit the AmeriCorps website.

Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)

The Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) is a federal/state program designed to assist people with disabilities with obtaining employment. Eligible DVR students may be considered for a DVR training grant to assist with the educational expenses of attending a college, university, technical college, or vocational training program to reach their employment goals. Financial aid eligibility and awards are factored into the calculation of a DVR training grant.

For additional information, please email dvr@dwd.wisconsin.gov or call 800-442-3477 (toll free).

WIOA (Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act)

WIOA (Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act) is designed to assist qualifying students with the cost of tuition, books, tools and/or transportation assistance.

Children of Fallen Hero Scholarship

The child of a parent who died in the line of duty while performing as a public safety officer is eligible to receive the maximum amount of Federal Pell Grant. To qualify, the student must be Federal Pell Grant eligible (receiving less than the maximum Federal Pell Grant amount), be less than 24 years of age or enrolled in college at the time of his or her parent’s death.

For purposes of the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship, a “public safety officer” is:

  • An individual serving a public agency in an official capacity, with or without compensation, as a law enforcement officer, firefighter, or chaplain; 
  • An employee of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) who is performing official duties of the agency, if those official duties
    • are related to a major disaster or emergency that has been, or is later declared to exist with respect to the area under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act; and 
    • are determined by FEMA to be hazardous duties; 
  • An employee of a state, local, or tribal emergency management or civil defense agency who is performing official duties in cooperation with FEMA, if those official duties
    • are related to a major disaster or emergency that has been, or is later declared to exist with respect to the area under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act; and 
    • are determined by the agency to be hazardous duties; 
  • A member of a rescue squad or ambulance crew who, as authorized or licensed by law and by the applicable agency or entity, is engaging in rescue activity or in the provision of emergency medical services; or 
  • A fire police officer, defined as an individual who is serving in accordance with state or local law as an officially recognized or designated member of a legally organized public safety agency and provides scene security or directs traffic in response to any fire drill, fire call, or other fire, rescue, or police emergency, or at a planned, special event. 

The definition of “parent/guardian” for purposes of the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship is broader than that used for purposes of the FAFSA. For scholarship purposes, parent/guardian includes non-custodial parents, step-parents, and parents of independent students. In all cases, the parent/guardian status at the time of death is the qualifying eligibility criterion. This may be different from the current parent/guardian status. 

Documentation is required to determine and document that the student was less than 24 years of age or enrolled at an institution of higher education at the time of his or her parent’s or guardian’s death. A single, national data source of individuals who died in the line of duty while serving as a public safety officer does not exist. While the Department does not specify all of the acceptable documentation that may be used to determine eligibility for this scholarship, here are some documents that schools may consider: 

  • A determination letter acknowledging eligibility for certain federal benefits under the Public Safety Officers Benefit (PSOB) program administered by the Department of Justice; 
  • A written letter of attestation or determination made by a state or local government official with supervisory or other relevant oversight authority of an individual who died in the line of duty while serving as a public safety officer as defined above; 
  • Documentation of the student qualifying for a state tuition or other state benefit accorded to the children or other family members of a public safety officer consistent with the definition in 42 U.S.C. 3796b, or as a fire police officer as noted above; or 
  • Other documentation the school determines to be from a credible source that describes or reports the circumstances of the death and the occupation of the parent or guardian. 
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Remember the code!

Use Western’s FAFSA school code when you apply for any type of financial aid. Our code is 003840.